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    March 14, 2011
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day. good afternoon. monday, march 14th, here's what's happening. meltdown. a new explosion at a nuclear reactor raises fears the disaster in the pacific is only just beginning. the u.s. navy exposed to radiation as far as 100 miles offshore. how many lives are at risk? and can a catastrophic nuclear meltdown be cob takened? we're live on the scene as america and the world respond. plus -- retreat. forces loyal to moammw moammar gadhafi push rebels back in the desert. what can the actor mel gibson learn from the people of japan? the special comment coming up.
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it's hard to believe, but with each passing hour the situation in japan is becoming more dire and dangerous. and today, this. another explosion rips through a nuclear containment building and this, the safety system at a third nuclear reactor within the stricken fukushima plant breaking down. the reactor's fuel rods exposed for more than two hours. and officials seem unable to determine just how much water remains, as they seek to prevent a full-scale meltdown. beyond the dangers surrounding nuclear plant, there's widespread suffering from sendai to tokyo. millions are facing a mull tide of challenge. officials struggling to balance rescue efforts to reach survivors, distribute aid and bury the dead. a thousand bodies washed ashore in the last few hours. search and rescue teams from some 13 countries have now converged on what will be a
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lengthy and complex operation. frantically working to find any survivors from the upgraded 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. in all, nearly 10,000 people have been rescued, while tens of thousands more are still awaiting help. survivors are scrambling for basic necessities. some are cqueueing for long lins around several blocks hoping to get food, to fill water tanks and replenish gas tanks. some 450,000 people have been relocated to evacuation centers in what the japanese government is calling their worst crisis since the second world war. and in a grim echo of the experience 65 years ago, the japanese government is now testing some evacuees for exposure to radiation. this morning, u.s. warships and planes assisting relief efforts were forced to temporarily move
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from japan's coast because of fears of toxic contamination. despite challenges, president obama says the u.s. will continue to assist the japanese in any way that it can. >> i've said directly to the prime minister of japan, prime minister kan, that the united states will continue to offer any assistance we can, as japan recovers from multiple disasters. and we will stand with the people of japan in the difficult day as head. >> officials now estimate that recovery costs will reach well beyond $170 billion. chris jansing joins us live from tokyo. good evening, chris. i'm afraid we have not been able to make contact with chris. we'll go back to her in a moment. i'm joined by jim miklaszewski, who is live at the pentagon. good afternoon, jim. >> reporter: good afternoon, marten. i understand that the air
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crew was around 100 miles northeast of sendai. do we know the level of raid krags that they encountered? >> reporter: according to u.s. navy officials, they don't have the exact numbers but they say it was very low. when the three helicopters and the 17 navy crew members were on that search and rescue mission out at sea, the radiation alarms aboard the helicopters went off, started changing, so the helicopters headed straight for the airicarrier ronald reagan. to decontaminate them, it was a simple soap and water scrubdown and then they were checked ago and the choppers and 17 crew members were found not to be contaminated. at same time, however, the ronald reagan encountered a radioactive plume, very low radiation. so they steered away from the
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plume itself and the -- there was apparently no serious threat to any of the crew members. what's fortunate here, of course, the u.s. navy, particularly, is very well-equipped and prepared to not only detect, but to respond to any kind of radiation threat. after all, there is a threat of a dirty bomb, even an unlikely threat of nuclear weapon at some point, but all of the aircraft carriers and submarines in the u.s. navy are radioactive so -- i mean they are not nuclear powered. i'm sorry. so they have their own set of precautions and reactions all set to go, and that's what happened here, martin. >> jim miklaszewski in the pentagon, thank you so much. back now to chris jansing, who is able to join us live from tokyo, where i believe you were on vacation, is that right, chris? >> reporter: martin, i was on vacation in asia. i was in the bay of thailand and got the word of what happened.
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it was really something to try to get to tokyo, as you know. the airport was shut down. and today, there's another scene there because there are foreigners, including many americans, who are trying to get out, frankly, many of them concerned about this growing nuclear threat. but it's clear that what's happening here is a humanitarian and economic, as well as a potential nuclear catastrophe. there's grave concern about those reactors, depending on who you talk to, various levels of concern on a scale of one to seven. some are calling it a four. others a five. others, a six. clearly this is a government that is scrambling to keep up with a growing, growing disaster, martin. >> chris, i imagine the scene must be overwhelming. hundreds of thousands of people evacuated, a thousand bodies washed up on shore. it must be horrendous.
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>> reporter: you could call it horrendous, heartbreaking. but words hardly seem to describe what is happening when you have an entire town just 17,000 people, a beautiful beach front community, and suddenly a wall of water, four story highs washes over it, it goes six miles inland, and 10,000 of those 17,000 people are missing. today, alone, rescue crews recovers 2,000 more bodies. the number 10,000 dead is being used. but privately and publicly a lot of officials fear it will go much higher than that, martin. >> you look pretty cold yourself out there. i understand a number of people have been made homeless are literally close to freezing. >> reporter: 550,000 is the official government number of the number of people displaced. but there are millions who don't
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have heat for a fourth night. imchecking my watch. it's 4:00 in the morning here in tokyo, it is cold but colder up north. there are serious concerns about weather coming in there, expecting snow on the northeast coast on wednesday. and so they are really scrambling to get aid to people. obviously power, a major concern. this country has lost about a quarter of its ability, because of the nuclear plants. but food, water, very scarce. they think they have 10% of what they need in these affected area. and you also have to think, martin, about these crews that are going in, americans, people from more than a dozen different countries, in the situation that they're facing as they're trying to help these folks that are in such dire circumstances. >> chris jansing, thank you for
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your hope? so far three separate explosions at fooushg nuclear power plant. this photo shows the damage to the. of buildings for units one and three, following the explosions. steam can be seen venting from the reactor building for unit three. what constitutes difference between a partial and a total meltdown? and can what -- what can be done once a process begins? i'm joins by two experts who will help explain these issues. frank vaughn hippel, nuclear s fi physicist and dr. ollie hanenan. frank, in simple terms, what is the difference between a partial and a total meltdown, and what are the consequences? >> well, the partial meltdown, the fuel is still not collapsed into the bottom the pressure vessel. so it's more coolable.
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and so -- but the -- if fuel is damaged the volatile radio activity, which can be boiled off at low temperatures, will already -- a lot of it will already be release flood the atmosphere, the containment. so the issue is how much gets out of the containment? >> the chernobyl disaster of 1986 didn't involve an earthquake, it was an accident. but are there similar anxieties of consequences that, of course, occurred then? >> well, so far the wind seem to be blowing offshore. i think that's why the carrier detected it. i don't think the release would be as large as the release from chernobyl because a lot of the material has been captured in the water inside the reactor and hopefully will stay there whereas in the case of chernobyl
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it's blown into the air because of the explosion. >> despite the high level of engineering and building codes, is it really ever safe to bill and operate a nuclear plant in an earthquake zone such as that in a place like sendai? >> well, i think this is the question which we need to rethink under the circumstances and see why we ended up with this current situation. i think what we need to do at this point of time, exactly what president obama said, provide all of the possible support to the government of japan and to avoid the meltdown. >> but you're saying there is a question with regard to why these nuclear power plants were built in an area subject to earthquakes. >> well, there are earthquakes everywhere, but this earthquake was also unpresented, let's be
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honest here. this is the biggest ever recorded earthquake which hit this place in japan. so we have to look at were there precautions in place? was there a design flaw? or, indeed, is this the right place for the reactor to be placed somewhere else? this is the most important thing to be studied in perhaps months and years to come. but now we need to concentrate to rectify the situation. >> as you look at what's happened, how long do you think it will be before the japanese authorities will be able to take control of the emission of nuclear product, particles, contamination? >> i think as frank said, how this thing will develop, i think we can avoid the worst. and then we see how the contamination is spread, whether winds are blowing and then to
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look what to do. the good thing what they have done so far they moves the people as a precautionary measure away from the vicinity of the reactor. >> frank, ollie's saying that he thinks that this situation is an emergency situation at the motel resolve it, yet every day things seem to be getting worse. on saturday we had one explosion. now we've had three. >> it's very tenuous. today you had the second explosion, i think it is and also the third reactor got into trouble of the recently shutdown ones. all three are in a very tenuous situation. >> frank, thank you for joining us. we'll look ahead whether the united states is prepared for such a threat itself. but when we come back, the situation on the ground and in the air could actually get worse for so many millions. an important health warning
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the scope of what could be a massive health crisis is just beginning to become clear in japan. the tide of a thousand bodies washed ashore today. crematoriums overwhelmed. the new peril of pow tension nuclear contamination after three explosions at fukushima power plan. nbc's bob winham visited the 1986 disaster somewhere joins me now. >> good afternoon.
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>> where does this event sit, by comparison with something like chernobyl and three mile island? >> there is such a wide disparity between chernobyl and three mile island. a million times more radiation relesions at chernobyl than three mile island. it's apples and oranges, in some ways. i think the critical thing is we do not have numbers on how much radiation was released in japan it would appear the number is down the scale towards three mile island than towards chernobyl. that could change, as the professor said, and because there's concerns of three reactors but still what you've got here is a very different type of reactor than chernobyl and a different type of situation. >> jim miklaszewski was saying earlier that the fleet that were in some measure contaminated were dealt with fairly easily. but it seems to me if that isn't an issue, what about the management problems with these
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plants? >> one of the things you have to look at here, professor vaughn hippel wrote about this in the new york times you have a management issue dealing with the engineering issue. what you have here is three reactors, all of which are in some various form of partial meltdown or concern. when you had three mile island, and even when you had chernobyl, it was one reactor that the international, national, and regional people could focus on. in this case not only dow you have three reactors but concerns about power plants you also have apr a tsunami, earthquake, cut communications, cut transportation. one of the big issues as this move as long is the environment, one is engineering but also, this is underappreciated the manage on the of the disaster. it is a real challenge for japanese authorities. >> are you saying that, even though hitter, too the emission of radiation is low, its
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management could actually increase in and exacerbate the problem? >> well, certainly, because people have to focus on crises as they evolve at each of the three reactors. over the weekend there was concern of two power plans one close to tokyo. now those concerns have been mitigated. but certainly the japanese nuclear authorities have to be monitoring all manner of problems, not just at these three reactors and at this plower plant, the fukushima, but other locations around the country. >> thanks again for your insight and your experience. when we come back -- the fighting in libya intensifies. and how safe are america's nuclear power plants? [ male announcer ] this is lara.
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victory against a battered and bruised opposition. to the west of tripoli, loyalists forces have reclaimed the rebel-held town of za wire ra. to the east, warplanes launched attacks near the de facto opposition capital of benghazi, threat. ing the rebel stronghold there. gadhafi's brutal momentum is quickingen debate on the international stage with secretary of state hillary clinton and ministers from the group of eight nations meeting in paris to discuss a no-fly zone. i'm joined by nbc's jim maceda with the latest from tripoli. jim, gadhafi's forces not only pounding the rebels militarily, also offering amnesty to those who give up their weapons. is this a sign of gadhafi using any means at his disposal to defeat his opponents? >> reporter: sorry. we've lost contact. >> i can hear you, jim. okay. we'll be right back in a moment.
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i'm joined now by nbc's jim maceda with the latest from tripoli. gadhafi's forces not only pounding the rebels militarily but offering some kind of amnesty to those who give up their weapons. is this a sign the colonel is offering any means to defeat his opponents? >> reporter: hi, martin. well, i think that the colonel's doing what the colonel usually does. he uses what's at his disposal. i remember, i think it was richard haas who said you can't be the leader of the country like libya for 41 years and be a flake. this individual is extremely intelligent behind the often -- often called a cartoon character but uses what he needs to do what he needs to do to accomplish his goals. here he wants to crush an opposition. he does that with brutal force in the battlefield. but at the same time, he offers
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amnesty, he offers to sit down and negotiate. a recall a couple of weeks ago, i believe it was during an interview with the bbc and abc, he offered again to sit down with the people of zawiyah, the rebels in that rebel-held town at the time to the west of us here in tripoli, on the very day he launched one of the major quarries into the town with tanks to crush the rebellion. it's good psychological warfare for him to offer amnesty to rebels in benghazi and eastern part of the country because tonight they must be afraid of two things, of an onslaught heading their way in the next day or two, and also of reprisals that would happen after the war is over, a war which now looks like rebels are going to lose. if you take the regime at its word, it has said that every one of these individuals in the east and traitors, especially -- offering amnesty to traitors is
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a stretch. they have said they will treat traitor accordingly. if i were a rebel in benghazi, i'd be worried and not putting too much emphasis or truth in this latest attempt to win psychological points. back to you, martin. >> jim maceda in tripoli, thank you so much. we have new developments following the disaster in japan. another explosion has ripped through a nuclear containment building. officials are working feverishly to prevent a full-scale meltdown. meanwhile, nearly 10,000 people have been rescued while tens of thousands more are still awaiting help. search and rescue teams from at least 13 countries have joins the effort to find survivors. the red cross says nearly 8 million has been pledged in support of rescue and relief efforts. there are 104 nuclear power he reactors here in the united states. operators are currently seeking permission to build up to 20 more. but in the wake of the disaster
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inform japan there are fresh concerns over the safety of these facilities here. considered the san francisco earthquake in 1989, it lasted 15 seconds, yet caused bridges and highways to collapse and destroyed entire neighborhoods. by contrast, the quake in japan lasted 2:30. now, look at this map of california, which shows two nuclear facilities, both on the coastline in the state most susceptible to earthquakes. the director of the climate and energy project for friends of the earth. he has extensive experience or nuclear issues and joins us now. >> good afternoon. >> the first photo is the diablo near san luis obispo, california. it's a beach front property. the second image shows the nuclear facility near san clemente. this is literally a few feet
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from the pacific ocean. is there any chance of either of these surviving an earthquake, should one happen, like that in japan on friday? >> well, i think, first of all, we have to realize that to millions of americans seeing horrific images and look at reactors right there in the ocean on a fault line, everybody is thinking we have to be mad. why should we be having reactors there? and i think they're right. what's happening in japan could certainly have happened here. and i think we also need to realize that it done take natural disasters to have terrible accidents. three mile island was basically created by a series of human-created errors and chernobyl created bay series of human errors. it doesn't take a natural disaster of the magnitude of fukushima and the horrific japanese earthquake and tsunami to cause a terrible nuclear accident. >> why do we build these plants to close to a water's edge in a state that is known ostensibly
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for earthquakes? >> i'm afraid we probably need to use an ancient greek phrase, hubris. i think that we really do not appreciate what's at stake and i think in an interesting way the american public may be better informed about this now than the nuclear engineers. they have been watching images for days of buildings exploding, of children being checked for radiation, and i think the public realizes there's a huge amount at stake and we shouldn't be building nuclear reactors on fault lines and right on the ocean in this way. >> the head of the u.s. nuclear commission appeared at white house press briefing and asked about the safety of u.s. plants. here what happens he said -- >> bottom line right now we believe that the plants in this country continue to be designed to a very high standard for seismic and tsunami-type events. we will look at whatever information we can gain from this event and see if there are changes we need to make to our system. >> now, as i understand it, these plants here are built to
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withstand a magnitude serve. as we know the japanese earthquake was a magnitude nine. should he be as confident as he sounds? >> well, i guess it's his job to sound confident if that way. i think it's unfortunate because i don't think it serves the public interest. i think the fact is there are a lot of problems we need to be a lot more serious about. over the weekend representative markey sent a letter to the president say he was concern we'd didn't have an agency that would be responsible for dealing with a nuclear accident in this country that just as we had in the bp situation we didn't have an agency clearly in charge and ready to deal with it. mr. markey was saying we don't have it here. the list of problems that we have is very long. and i think public fear and anxiety about the technology is going force change of policy in our country. >> damon moglun, fearful expectations, thank you. >> thank you. individual stories of have
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started to emerge of a tragedy the world is still trying to understand, stories like a 22-year-old mother who stopped for milk as she evacuated the area as warning sirens were sounded. she along with her 2-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son found dead. their lives taken by the fatal waves of the tsunami. itn's neil connerry has more on those swept aside by this venomous act of nature. >> reporter: they are the screams of those watching their town being washed away by the tsunami. beneath them, it's devastating power wreaks a horror hard to comprehend. >> reporter: in the bottom left
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of the picture, some residents can be seen running for their lives and trying to help others as they flee. while behind them, the waters pummel the landscape with deadly speed. with seconds to spare, they manage to make it to safety. the latest images to emerge of friday's tsunami bring home the destructive force of the waters which engulf sod much of the coastline. in its wake, a wasteland. this was the village as the tsunami sirens wring out and the earthquake strikes. within minutes the waters start to rise. there's little time for residents to flee to higher ground. houses are picked up by the
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tsunami waters and crushed. a sea of debris flows inland with deadly speed engulfing everything in its path. the traumatized survivors have spent the weekend tieing to help themselves. the people were washed away along with their hopes this man says. my parents have been washed away and haven't been heard of since. this is all that remains of the shinomaki now. we lost everything in a split second, this woman says. we were spared our lives, but i'm not yet convinced whether that was a good or a bad thing. across the worst affected area, rescue teams continue to search
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for survivors. the damage transport infrastructure adds to the challenge they face. power blackouts, which are now planned, will also add a further complication. japan's prime minister has called this earthquake and tsunami the biggest test the country has probably faced since the second world war. the enormity of the many challenges faced cannot be underestimated. >> neil connery with a devastating report of that tragedy. if you'd like to help the victims of the earthquake, you can text redcross to 90999 to donate $10. you can also text japan or quake to 80888 to donate $10 to the salvation army. we'll be right back. [ female announcer ] there's a new way to let go
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i'm michelle caruso cabrera. here's a look at how stocks are doing. major averages are lower across the board. the dow down 70 points. s&p lower by nine. nasdaq down 15, though oil prices have fallen again today. analysts are trying to sort out how much the disaster in japan will affect global energy demand. benchmark crude fell 73 cents. at&t customers will start paying extra on data plans if they use a lot. the telecommunications giant says customers who exceed 150 gigabytes in 3 separate months will be charged $50. that's it from cnbc, first in business worldwide. back to you. >> thanks very much. beyond the tragedy that we're covering in japan, another busy nez day. let's join milissa rehberger.
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>> president obama is wrapping up a meeting with general petraeus as the u.s. gets ready to begin withdrawing troops from afghanistan this summer. fighting is expected to get worse in the coming months as the taliban moves to break freshly-trained afghan troops in place. today 36 people, including 5 children, were killed in a suicide bombing at a military recruitment center in the northern city of kindu. the surge of u.s. military forces are concentrated in southern and western afghanistan. today, work at kennedy space center shuttle launchpad came to a halt after a worker fell to his death. we do know the engineer was working on the final"endeavour" mission, the first step at a launchpad fatality since 1981, before the very first shuttle flight. work on the launchpad is expected to resume tomorrow. right now "endeavour's" launch date is scheduled for april 19th.
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today, tickets go on sale for the 2012 olympics in london. there are 8.8 million tickets for the games. demand is high, even with the opening ceremonies 500 days away. back to you. >> thank you very much. to the palace now. in just three days prince william will embark on a formal overseas visit to new zealand and australia, tauring areas devastated by the twin disasters of an earthquake and cyclone. prince william will be representing the queen, the visit comes before his anticipated wedding. joining us london the professor of all things royal mr. neil sean. good afternoon, sir. >> good afternoon, martin. how are you? >> good. given what's happened in japan, any possibility that prince william's proposed visit may be expanded beyond new zealand and australia? >> well, i'm sure that's something he would like to embrace, definitely. as you know, when they plan
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royal visits they are planned slightly in advance, so sadly because of the situation that occurred i can't anticipate it at this stage. we do know that prince william does take obviously his role and his duties seriously. i'm sure it's something he would like to get involved with. whether that can be put together in a short space of time remains to be seen really. >> has the queen sent an expression of sympathy and condolence to the people of japan? >> what we do know there's a private message gone out from the palace. obviously these things get made public at a later date. the queen herself tends to normally do the private thing and then of course it comes at some point later on. i do kind of think that you're going to see some involvement here from the royal family because, like everyone else, you know, around the world, they're completely devastated by this. such terrible news. >> i believe this is the second time that prince william has been asked to represent the queen formally.
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for a young man who, when he was younger seemed reluctant to accept royal responsibilities, he seems to be taking them with gust toe now. >> you know, i'm glad you mentioned that, actually, because that gets brought up quite a lot. what you have to remember is when prince william stated about not necessarily wanting to go fully down the royal path so quickly, he was a lot younger. when you're younger you say silly things perhaps. what shocks people here is the fact that prince charles seem to be bypassed which would -- a lot of people would assume he would have been the consort to go. he's not that old. so the bottom line is you wonder why the queen has turned to prince william. obviously it's a thing she knows he's very popular. but nonetheless, it's causing a bit of friction and the media here are starting to look into the fact that charles himself seems to be bypassed once again. >> even though prince william appears not to put a foot wrong in the buildup to his wedding the ghost of his aunt, sarah
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ferguson, is never far away. what's the latest on the saga of her way ward life? >> well there are a few stories going around that she wouldn't go to the wedding if she was invited. that's not a problem, because she's not going to be invited. what's interesting on a serious note building up here in the uk is the relentless barrage of stories against prince andrew. naturally she's incorporated into the stories. but she's coming out of it slightly better than him because tomorrow we have already seen there's going to be more in the press. you wonder whether it could be him forced to take a backseat from the royal wedding. there were reports leaking out over the weekend kate and william don't want him to mar their big day. i think it's going to be an interesting mix. it doesn't seem to let up. whatever prince andrew has done is not going to go away. i'm sure he'd like to it to but it's not going anywhere from now. >> yesterday sarah ferguson
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receiving cash from another of prince andrew's friends to help pay off her debts, right? >> this is a story, yes, that the cash emerges late last year and it was to pay off her former pr adviser. you kind of wonder why each, you know, one of them thought this was a good idea. what's more interesting is that, you know, as the story builds, you have to ask the question, why has the queen asked for sarah ferguson to be removed from prince andrew's home because she is staying there as a guest and clearly together they are sort of a bad mix business wise, at least. but she's going nowhere and telling friends he likes her being there. these stories of more money leaking out -- and there will be more tomorrow, let me tell you -- will create an explosion. it's not a good time for the royal family, particularly prince andrew. >> finally, briefly, neil, do you think the queen would consider asking prince andrew not to attend the wedding of his nephew?
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>> the way it works, it would have to come from him and he's quite a robust character, as i'm sure you know. doesn't take the blame too easily. and i don't think that he would actually see that he's done anything wrong. he is the queen's favorite son, as we all know, and he's able to sort of, as they say, put her around her little finger. whatever he says is the right thing. i can't see andrew backing down. this story, as i say, will get bigger and unfold. he probably won't say now. never has before. i can't see how he will start now. >> a fabulous saga, thank you very much, indeed, for joining us. >> thank you. and next -- is mel gibson a star beyond repair? what canou do wi plain mashepotatoes? when you pour chunky beef with country vegetable soup over it, you can do dinner. 4 minutes, around 4 bucks. campbell's chunky. it's amazing what soup can do.™
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the story of his own unstable and volatile behavior would also be buried under the horrific earthquake in japan. news which has dominated this and every broadcast. but just two weeks after the academy awards mel gibson, who has collected not one but two of those precious oscar statues, being picked up three new awards. 16 hours of community service. 12 months of counselling. and three years probation. friday's award ceremony took place in court 803 at the los angeles airport courthouse and though there were plenty of cameras outside there was no red carpet, no champagne, and only the company of other petty criminals. for a fabulously wealthy and extraordinarily talented man, this was no way to crown a career. a disputed incident in january last year was the cause of mr. gibson's appearance. his girlfriend and mother of his youngest child claimed he punched her teeth out during a row at their home. the strongest evidence didn't
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come from dental record but taped conversations that took place between them a few months later. in between some racist slurs, mr. gibson says i'll put you in an f-ing rose garden, your need an f-ing bat in the side. head. unfortunately for him mr. gibson's performance was typically convince, whether he meant it or not. and so on friday he pled no contest to a charge of spousal battery. there are some who are now saying his career is finished. his character radioactive. strangely enough it's almost exactly what's being said of that region in the northeast of japan where explosions have occurred at a nuclear power plant. yet somehow there's every confidence that just three days after the earthquake the japanese people will rebuild their land and restore their nation. indeed there's no doubt about it. but there's much less confidence in mel gibson's ability to salvage his own career. which leads us to ask a somewhat
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difficult question. is it easier to rebuild a devastated country than it is to restore a devastated character? i'm not sure of the answer but perhaps the key to any recovery starts with the word humility, something that the japanese know all about. but they live humbly with mother nature. knowing that just as there have been many earthquakes in the past, so there will be many more in the future and japan is known to be the best prepared nation on earth for an earthquake. and that's probably because there's a level of humility. in his column in the "new york times", david brooks made an interesting observation. when pollsters ask people around the world to rate themselves on a variety of at any rate, people in serbia, chile, israel and the united states generally supply the most positive view of themselves. people in japan are on the humbling side of that ranking.
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mr. gibson is well known to be a man of deep personal faith. maybe now is the time during his community service or counselling for him to start humbly rebuilding his world. his film "the passion of the christ" focused on the new testament gospel accounts. here's a quotation from the old testament, which may seem appropriate for mr. gibson. what does the lord require of you, asked the prophet to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your god. and if the japanese can do it, then why don't mel gibson too? thanks for watching. i'll be back here tomorrow at 3:00. next, the smartest take on the next, the smartest take on the economy with dylan ratigan. my cream is what makes stouffer's fettuccini alfredo
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